Suspect Sought in Manhunt After 2 California Officers Shot – ABC News

Two Northern California police officers were shot after a traffic stop turned violent, prompting a manhunt that involved a house by house search that lasted well into the night.

The officers were taken to nearby hospitals, where one remains in critical condition, and investigators were searching for at least one suspect, the Fremont Police Department said.

The incident started when an officer with a year’s service with the department stopped a white pickup truck Wednesday in Fremont, which is about 40 miles south of San Francisco, police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques said. The pickup truck backed up into the officer’s patrol car, a person in the truck fired shots and the shooter and another suspect ran off.

Shortly after that officers from several law enforcement agencies flooded the area and searching got underway. No arrests had been made as of late Wednesday.

After the traffic stop shooting, a Fremont police officer with about 10 years of service with the department was shot in a nearby neighborhood in a shootout with the suspect, officials said.

Bosques told the East Bay Times that the officer in the initial shooting was in critical condition after surgery. The second officer remained in stable condition.

Investigators have ordered residents of the blue-collar neighborhood to remain in their homes and to call police about anything suspicious, Kelly said. Police helicopters were deployed and police dogs used in searching “yard-by-yard and door-to-door,” he said.

“We believe we have it contained in the neighborhood,” Kelly said. “We are going to move slow, we are going to move methodically and we are going to move safely.”

Investigators believe there is a second suspect on the loose, but are concentrating their efforts on finding the shooter in a residential area in Fremont, Alameda County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Ray Kelly said. Kelly said his department has taken over tactical command of the scene while Fremont deals with its two fallen officers.

Surveillance video and witnesses confirmed the man was still carrying the gun after he shot the two officers, authorities said.


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